Finesse Fishing Rods & Reels | Buyer's Guide

Do you enjoy throwing that drop shot, tube, ned rig, senko, etc? This video is for you! From affordable budget rods to top of the line combos, we'll show you some great options to help take your finesse fishing to the next level!

Finesse is one of the few applications where we really stress spending as much as your budget will allow on the rod. If you have to save, save on the reel. Sensitivity is key when finesse fishing and there really is a difference between the various price points of fishing rods. 

The Rods from high-end to Budget Rods...

G Loomis NRX 852C:
Megabass Destroyer Addermine:
G Loomis GLX 853C:
G Loomis GLX 852S:
G Loomis GLX DSR 820S:
Shimano Expride 7' Medium:
Dobyns Champion Extreme 742:
Shimano Zodias 7' Medium:
Shimano Zodias 7' Medium Light:
Dobyns Fury 702 Spinning:

The Reels Matt Recommends...
Shimano Exsence 3000:
Shimano Ultegra 2500:
Shimano Stradic CI4+:
Shimano Aldebaran 50 Casting Reel:

The Spinning Reels Tim Recommends...
Daiwa Luvias Air:
Daiwa Certate:
Shimano Sustain FI 2500:

Braided Line...
Power Pro MaxCuatro:
Power Pro Hi-Vis:
Sufix 832:
Sunline SX-1:

Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon:
Sunline Assassin Fluorocarbon:
Maxima UltraGreen:

Rod Sleeves...
The Rod Glove:

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Which Jerkbaits Catch Fish? | Buyer's Guide!

If you've seen ANY of our UNDERWATER VIDEOS you know the power of a Jerkbait!! Its INCREDIBLE how BRUTAL Bass are when they crush it! But not all jerk baits are created equal...

 Some jerk baits work much better than others. We're not saying the baits on this list are the only jerk baits that catch fish but we are saying they're our favorites. If you want to get on a jerk bait bite this year, fish these baits with confidence. If the bite is there, you're going to find it!

Deep Baits... 
Lucky Craft Staysee 90:
Lucky Craft Pointer DD 78:
Megabass Vision 110 +1:

Mid-Range Baits:
Megabass Vision 110:
Megabass Vision 110 Magnum:
Jackall Rerange:
Lucky Craft Flash Pointer SP:

Hook/Split Ring Upgrades...
Aaron Martens Nano Finesse Treble:
Megabass Katsuage Outbarb Hook:
Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Size 2 or 3):
Hook Covers:

Jerkbaits Colors... 
-Ghost Minnow (Clear)
-Chartreuse Shad (White)
-American Shad (Reflective)

Matt's Favorite Jerkbait Combo...
Rod- Shimano Expride 6'10" Medium:
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL:
Line- Sufix 832 15 lb:
Leader- 12 lb Sunline Fluorocarbon:

High-End Jerkbait Combo...
Megabass Destroyer OneTen Special:
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50:
Line- 12 lb Sunline Fluoro:

Budget Jerkbait Combo...
Rod- Exage 6'10" Medium:
Reel- Casitas 150:
Line- 12 lb Seaguar AbrazX:

Jerkbait Storage...
Plano Waterproof Box:
Bass Mafia Casket 3700:

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Which SquareBill Crankbaits Are Worth The Money? | Holiday Buyer's Guide

Wondering which Crankbaits to try? The Squarebill crankbaits in this video are PROVEN fish catchers! From silent to extra loud rattles, we've got you covered. 

Squarebill crankbaits allow anglers to draw aggressive reaction strikes in ultra-shallow water. They draw bites even when bass are lethargic but shine when baitfish move shallow and the bass become active. By choosing baits that reach a variety of diving depths you can effectively fish the water column very quickly. 

We keep colors extremely simple. We typically buy a "ghost" color, a "white" color, a red/"Craw" color and a "reflective" color in each bait that we want to try. 

The Baits...
Strike King 1.5:
Speed Trap:
Lucky Craft BDS:
Lucky Craft RTO:
Lucky Craft 1.5:
River2Sea Biggie:
Jackall Aska:
Spro Little John:
Megabass S-Crank:

Hardware Upgrades for Squarebills...
Owner Hyperwire Split Rings:
Matt's Preferred Hook Upgrade:
Tim's Preferred Hook Upgrade:
BIG FISH Hook Upgrade:
Hook Protectors:

Tim's Squarebill Setup...
Rod- Megabass Flat Side Special:
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL:
Line- 20 lb Maxcuatro:
Leader- Sunline fluoro 15 lb:

Matt's Squarebill Setup...
Rod- G Loomis 845 CBR:
Reel- Curado 70 8:1 Ratio:
Line- 12 lb Sunline Fluoro:

Budget Crankbait Setup...
Rod- Dobyns Fury 7' Med/Hvy Crankbait:
Reel- Casitas 150:
Line- Maxcuatro 20 lb:
Leader-12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

High-End Crankbait Setup...
Rod- Shimano Expride A 7' Med Glass:
Reel- Aldebaran 50 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 12 lb Sunline Fluoro:

Crankbait Storage...
Plano Deep Waterproof Box:
Bass Mafia Deep Waterproof Box:

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Which Deep Crankbaits Actually Catch Fish?? | Crankbait Buyer's Guide

With all the Crankbaits on the market how do you know which ones to try? Should you buy them all? Of course not! We recommend a handful of PROVEN crankbaits in this video that will load the boat with bass the next time your deep diving crankbait bite turns out!

The Baits...
Strike King 6XD:
Strike King 5XD:
Norman DD22:
Norman Deep Little N:
Megabass Deep Six:
Megabass Deep X-300:
Strike King 10XD:
River2Sea Goon:
Damiki DC-300:
Luhr Jensen Hot Lips: Source Locally
Rapala DT-16:

Most Universal Crankbait Setup...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'6" Moderate:
Reel- Shimano Curado 200K:
Line- 15 lb Sunline Fluoro:

Budget Friendly Crankbait Setup...
Rod- Dobyns Fury 705CB:
Reel- Shimano Casitas 150:
Line- 15 lb AbrazX:

Below is a list of some of the actual Crankbait rods that we use for various applications. We own a variety of brands when it comes to crankbait fishing so if you're looking for feedback on a specific model feel free to ask us in the comments. 

10XD- Dobyns 805CB:
6XD to 10XD- Shimano Zodias 7'6":
5XD to DD22- Shimano Curado 7'4" Medium:
Deep Six- St. Croix 7'8" Moderate Big Cranker:
Deep X 300- G Loomis 845 CBR:

A Reel you might not expect to hear about as a "crankbait reel" is the
Shimano Aldeberan. Matt's swears its the best crankbait reel he's ever used for "finesse cranking". It works unbelievably well for square bills, mid-depth cranks, Deep X 300's, and more. The casting distance and smooth retrieve is 2nd to none. 

Shimano Aldebaran:

Crankbait Storage...
Bass Mafia Crankbait Coffin:
Plano Waterproof Deep Box:

Crankbait Hardware Upgrades...
Owner Hyperwire Split Rings:
Owner ST-56 3X Treble:
Owner ST-35 Short Shank Treble:
Gamakatsu EWG Treble:

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